Sloan-C Online Workshop on
Web 2.0 in Higher Education

YouTube "Assignment"

From Wikipedia:

"YouTube is a video sharing website on which users can upload and share videos. In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google."

"[YouTube] uses Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, although media corporations including CBS, the BBC, UMG and other organizations offer some of their material via the site, as part of the YouTube partnership program."

"Unregistered users can watch the videos, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos."

Specific Instructions:

View Michael Wesch's great YouTube videos:

View Larry Ragan's great YouTube videos targeting faculty development: See how Burks Oakley is using YouTube videos in his online course: You also might want to search the YouTube website for videos about Web 2.0.

Embedding YouTube Videos in Web Pages

Note that you can embed a YouTube video in any web page - such as an announcement in Blackboard or a posting in Moodle.  For example, if you go to YouTube and search for Burks Oakley's videos, you will find one at:

In the window to the right of the video, there is a link that you can use to "embed" the video on a web page:

Simply copy the code in the box next to the word "Embed" and paste it into the HTML source code of the target web page.  The code will look like this:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

and the result will be:


Upload Your Own Videos to YouTube

Go to ( and create a free account.  Note that you can sign-in to YouTube using your existing Google account (assuming you have one).  When you are signed-in, you will see a button called "Upload" in the upper right of the window:

Clicking on that button will take you to a new page, where you can select the video on your computer to upload to YouTube:

It really is that easy!

If you actually upload your own video to YouTube, please share a link to it with everyone in the Moodle discussion forums.  Or even better, embed it in a posting in Moodle.  Good luck!

Last Updated 30 September 2009 by Burks Oakley II (

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